Simmonds has goal and assist, Flyers beat Oilers 4-2

Simmonds has goal and assist, Flyers beat Oilers 4-2

The Philadelphia Flyers hope they are finally turning things around. They certainly weren't entertaining, but they were effective, winning two in row.

Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist as the Flyers beat host Edmonton 4-2 on Wednesday for their second straight victory after losing 10 in a row. The second was a rebound put home by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for his 11th goal of the season to cut the lead to one.

Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead on a soft goal with five minutes left in the second period when Weise sent a shot through both the defender's and goalie Laurent Brossoit's legs.

The Flyers held the Oilers to just 25 shots in what was a grinding sort of game. Backstrom hadn't scored since October 14 in Philadelphia.

"Yeah, we talked about that. We don't have to entertain them", goaltender Brian Elliott said. "It's a long season and we just have to keep working". "I really like the way we've played the last two games".

The Oilers opened the scoring at 3:41 of the second period.

McDavid won a puck battle from Couturier near the Flyers' offensive blue line and sped down ice on a two-on-one. McDavid connected with Draisaitl on a pass and Draisaitl finished to make it 1-0 Oilers with a shorthanded goal, his eighth goal of the season.

The Flyers played a disciplined hockey game again, taking just two penalties and allowing only two opportunities on the power play. Weal was on the doorstep to tip home a pass from Sean Couturier at 8:53 of the middle period. The Flyers placed defenseman Brandon Manning (hand) and goalie Michal Neuvirth (lower-body injury) on injured reserve.

"You throw on top of that I didn't think we had any type of passing execution, a lot of pucks bouncing in our feet, so we weren't clean at all".

Weal had a different perspective on the goal.

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"Our forecheck was really good tonight in the neutral zone", Weal said. "It's not been for a lack of hard work and creating chances. The desperation level went up a little bit in the third but obviously that's not enough", McLellan said. "Maybe that second one is eliminated", Brossoit said.

"I got out there and G made a pretty good play on the wall to me and their defense kind of sat back and I tried to use them as a screen". "Getting contributions from everyone, it's going to be huge if we want to keep stringing some wins together".

The Flyers dodged an early bullet in the third as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hit the crossbar just seconds after the opening face-off. Raffl made it 3-1 four minutes into the third period.

Wayne Simmonds iced it with an empty-net goal in the last minute. McDavid had a great chance to tie the game with two minutes left, but Elliott made a save after the Oilers star dashed around two Flyers.

Now, they've strung together consecutive victories in Western Canada - which has been the ideal getaway following a 10-game winless streak - by playing simple, basic road hockey.

NOTES: The Flyers and Oilers wrapped up their season series.

Maple Leafs 2, Flames 1: William Nylander scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout for host Toronto, which got 47 saves in regulation and overtime from Frederik Andersen.

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